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Drink 614: Build the ultimate Columbus six pack

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It’s been awhile since we first picked our choices for the six best beers the city has to offer. Since our first go, the number of great brews (and breweries themselves, for that matter) available in Columbus have exploded.

The rules of the game remain the same: put together a six pack of the beers you think best represent Columbus. The beers have to be brewed in the greater Columbus area, and they have to be regularly available, although not necessarily in bottles or cans.

Needless to say, limiting yourself to just six in a city with so much great beer is an almost impossible task. Nevertheless, here are our latest picks for the best six suds available right NOW:

Columbus Brewing Co. Bodhi
The king of IBU’s in the 614 wasn’t available year-round last time we played this game, but is now eligible thanks to increased production from Eric Bean and the wizards at CBC. Thanks for giving the people what they want!

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Look for fresh Bodhi hitting the shelves this week!

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Antiques on High Copacetic
The sour trend is in full effect, and with beers like this we’re confident it’s here to stay. While it may not be for everyone, Copacetic from Antiques on High is an awesome entry point for those looking to expand their palate beyond the usual hoppy suspects.

Land Grant Greenskeeper
This may be viewed as a “safe” pick, but sometimes you just need a go-to, crushable beer on these steamy summer afternoons. Kick back with a Greenskeeper Land Grant’s poppin’ party patio, and enjoy some refreshment from this Columbus staple.

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Hoof Hearted Musk of the Minotaur
Any beer roundup would be seriously lacking without representation from one of those ever-popular, super dank, opaque creations known as “New England-style” IPAs. For our six-pack, we go straight to the local source for all things hazy with Hoof Hearted’s Musk of the Minotaur IPA.

Seventh Son Stone Fort
Just can’t take the bitter punch of IPA? Columbus craft brew still has plenty to offer. Take this oat brown ale from Seventh Son, which packs in plenty of complex nutty flavor without giving your tastebuds a beating.

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4 cans walk into a bar…

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Parsons North American Stout
Rounding out the ultimate Columbus six pack is the American Stout from Parsons North. Is it available Year-round? Probably, maybe? Even if not, we can bend the rules just this once to give malt-heads the balanced, chocolatey brew they deserve from this respected upstart brewery.

Now it’s your turn to tell us the six beers you’d include in your ultimate Columbus six pack. Keep it civil, and have some fun with it—cheers!

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10 unique vendors announced for Hilliard’s community market

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They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but that's not the case with one local city. A brand new community market is coming soon to Old Hilliard!

Center Street Market, a new community market, set to open next month with the intention to support local food and retail vendors, according to its Facebook

So far, 10 vendors have been announced: Al’s Delicious Popcorn, Bakes by Lo, the Cheesecake Girl, Coffee Connections of Hilliard, Dumplings of Fury, Legacy Station (from the owners of Legacy Smokehouse), Meatball Mafia, Pitabilities, Rime Time Curiously Crafted Pops, and Serendipity.

Scroll down to see photos and learn more about these vendors.

For more information on the Center Street Market anchor, Crooked Can Brewing Company, click here.

Al’s Delicious Popcorn

Al's Delicious Popcorn offers 60+ flavors of gourmet popcorn in a variety of colors and sizes.

Bakes by Lo

Serving up specially handmade decorated cookies to satisfy your sweet tooth.

The Cheesecake Girl

Creative made-from-scratch cheesecakes made locally and deliciously.

Coffee Connections of Hilliard

Fresh locally roasted coffee and espresso, teas, chai, bagels, donuts, muffins, scones, cookies, full catering services and more.

Dumplings of Fury

Tender, succulent, traditional dim sum.

Legacy Station (from the owners of Legacy Smokehouse)

Experience the Tradition of Central Texas Barbecue at Legacy Smokehouse. Bringing a little taste of Central Texas to Central Ohio.

Meatball Mafia

Two-time Food Truck Fest winner, Meatball Mafia offers hot, juicy meatballs smothered in cheese and sauce.

Pitabilities

Mediterranean and American flavors at Pitabilities, with fresh ingredients made-to-order just the way you like it.

Rime Time Curiously Crafted Pops

Creative popsicles Seasonal produce, specialty ingredients, and creative pops. Made with science, delivered on wheels, eaten with love.

Serendipity

Serendipity; The art of happy discoveries will offer vintage, repurposed, and handcrafted home decor, gifts and furniture.

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Insanely creative ice cream shop now treating Short North

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A Mexican-style ice creamery is now open in the Short North.

Dulce Vida Ice Cream Factory opened its doors for the first time Thursday at 1127 N High St. 

The unique, family-owned ice cream shop specializes in unique, fruit-forward treats like the "Crazy Pineapple," berry paletas, and Mangonada. Dulce Vida also serves hot foods like Mexican Street Corn, tamales, walking tacos, and tortas.

Dulce Vida also has locations at 4201 W Broad St. and 6140 Cleveland Ave. See way more offerings on Instagram.

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Hilliard’s 1st brewery is finally tapped

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Hilliard's first brewery is officially open! Hop heads can now gather at Crooked Can, an Orlando-based brewery located at 5354 Center St.

The 4,000-square-foot taproom currently has a handful of brews available, with plans to roll out a total of 16 in the future.

When the weather improves, guests can enjoy their High Stepper American IPAs and McSwagger’s Own Amber Ales on Crooked Can's 7,000-square-foot patio.

The brewery anchors Hilliard's Center Street Market, expected to open in March.

Through final construction projects, Crooked Can will be open 5-10 p.m. Mon.-Thu.; 4-11 p.m. Fri.; 2-11 p.m. Sat. and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun.

For more information, visit crookedcanohio.com.

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